Fort Supply earns CUP certification for first time

The Town of Fort Supply was presented a $20,000 check by the Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority during Tuesday’s council meeting, recognizing the town for being officially certified in the Competitive Utility Program (CUP). OMPA became the town’s wholesale power supplier in 2015. This certification, a first for Fort Supply, was approved by the OMPA board at its February meeting. CUP is a voluntary program, started in 1995, that provides OMPA’s 42 members with a way to evaluate and improve the operation of their electric utility, and make them better able to compete in the electric utility industry. The program provides two types of reward – recognition, in the form of certification; and financial rewards, which include the check for $20,000. Fort Supply will also receive 1.5 points in credit toward its wholesale power bill during winter months for meeting additional criteria related to management policies and transfers to the general fund. CUP-certified members can be recertified in the program every two years, and they are eligible for the $20,000 award each...

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OMPA Board Member Presents Award to Sen. Inhofe

Ponca City Mayor Homer Nicholson presented U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe with the American Public Power Association’s (APPA) Public Service Award during the association’s legislative rally in Washington, D.C., on March 1. Nicholson serves as the Secretary on the Board of Directors for the Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority, which is the wholesale power supplier for the city of Ponca City. In February of 2016, Nicholson also was appointed to the APPA’s Policy Makers Council, which assists in promoting federal legislation important to public power systems. Ponca City is just one of 63 public power utilities in Oklahoma, which serve more than 200,000 customers. All of OMPA’s 42 member cities are public power utilities. During his tenure in the Senate — and as leader of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee —Inhofe “has focused on issues affecting public power utilities,” the Association said in a March 1 news release. “He has been particularly vigilant on regulatory overreach by the Environmental Protection Agency and sensitive to the impact on public power utilities. He led efforts to move disapproval resolutions on the EPA’s existing and new plant rules. He advocated for public power interests on the Waters of the United States rule, ozone rule, and coal combustion residuals (CCR) rule.” “Senator Inhofe has a long and distinguished record of sticking up for community-owned utilities,” said Association President & CEO Sue Kelly. “He understands the impact that overregulation can have on our industry and has reached across the aisle to pursue commonsense solutions. We thank him for his steadfast advocacy for public...

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Spiro Public Schools receives DEEP rebate for $24,695

The Town of Spiro and its power supplier, the Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority (OMPA), have presented a check for $24,695 to Spiro Public Schools for recent energy efficiency improvements inside the district. The rebates were presented as part of the Demand and Energy Efficiency Program (DEEP), administered by OMPA. The district recently completed an upgrade to high-efficiency LED lighting that reduced its energy demand by 260 kilowatts. DEEP assists OMPA’s 42 members with their qualified customers to reduce electric service energy demand and costs. The program provides rebates to commercial and industrial customers – including schools and government buildings – that implement retrofits that reduce their demand at peak times. Projects include changing out lighting, HVAC, refrigeration, commercial food service equipment, pumps and motors for more energy-efficient equipment. These energy improvements help OMPA delay the time in which it needs to add expensive generation capacity. For 2016, OMPA awarded 66 DEEP rebates statewide for a total of $164,640 with an estimated reduction in energy demand of 1,056 kilowatts. For more information on how to apply for a DEEP rebate, contact the Town of Spiro. Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority (OMPA) is a municipal joint-action agency created for the purpose of providing an adequate, reliable and affordable supply of electrical power and energy to Oklahoma’s municipally owned electric systems. The Authority presently serves 42 municipally owned electric systems in Oklahoma. As a consumer-owned public power entity, OMPA is owned by the member cities it...

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Hall joins board, Greff named Treasurer

Chuck Hall of Perry was selected to join the Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority Board of Directors at its monthly meeting on Dec. 8 in Edmond. He takes over a board term at OMPA that will last through October, 2019. He will need to be confirmed by the electors at the Annual Electors’ Meeting in the fall of 2017. Hall previously served on the OMPA board for six years during his time as Mayor of Perry.  He resigned his spot on the board and his position as Mayor of Perry to accept a three-year term on the Board of the Directors at the Oklahoma City Branch of the Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank in December of 2013.  Subsequently, Perry appointed another representative to serve on the OMPA Board. Aside from his stint as mayor of his home town, Hall also is Chairman and CEO of Exchange Bank and Trust Company of Perry. He is the third generation of a banking family with a legacy spanning more than 130 years. Hall was the Director of Government Relations for the Oklahoma Bankers Association from 1991-94. The OMPA board also on Dec. 8 appointed Jim Greff of Prague to serve as its Treasurer.  Greff joined the board in August of 2014 and has served as city manager at Prague for the last 10 years. He has worked for the city for 35 years in...

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New Director of Operations at OMPA

Melie Vincent took over as Director of Operations for the Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority on Nov. 14. A native of Kentucky, Vincent has an extensive background in the power industry. She began her career as an economic analyst at Big Rivers Electric Corporation, before becoming the market settlements analyst for ACES Power Marketing, assisting in the development of settlement processes. She then served as the power supply manager for Brazos Electric Cooperative, assuming responsibility for real-time to long-term generation portfolio deployment. Before coming to OMPA, Vincent joined strategy and business development at Midcontinent Independent System Operation. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering Technology from the University of Southern Indiana. The Director of Operations at OMPA directs the planning, implementation and overseeing of all facets of power scheduling and training. The director also aids in coordination between OMPA, the Southwest Power Pool, engineering consultants and management.   The Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority (OMPA) is a wholesale power company owned by 42 municipal electric utilities. OMPA provides economies of scale in power generation and related services to support community-owned electric utilities. The members of OMPA serve approximately 250,000...

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